Feb. 7, 2007
Signing Day Central | Press conference | Recruit video
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A total of 19 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their football careers at Indiana University, head coach Terry Hoeppner announced on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Hoeppner's third Hoosier recruiting class includes seven student-athletes from Indiana, three from Ohio, two each from Florida and Michigan, and one each from Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
The Hoosiers grabbed four of the top-10 rated prospects in the state of Indiana according to scout.com and rivals.com, including three standouts from four-time state champion Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. Indiana's signing class features four defensive linemen and linebackers followed by three offensive linemen, one cornerback, running back, tight end, punter, quarterback, wide receiver, safety and quarterback/safety.
"I have to start with compliments for the staff," Hoeppner said. "They did a fantastic job, and I'm proud of them. We'll continue to do things the right way. We'll continue to recruit the state of Indiana and compete for the top players in this state, year in and year out. Character is so important, and this is a class that is high in character and very athletic.
"This class is a very solid class for us. We met a lot of our needs. It's what's up front that counts and we really met the needs of our defensive line, and we're excited about that group. We brought in some outstanding linebackers. Everyone that signed with us today fits a need and gives us quality depth at a position or, in some cases, they're going to come in and have a chance to contribute early. We're going to play them soon, but not too soon. If they're physically and emotionally ready, they're going to have a chance to be on the field next fall."
Chris Adkins, 6-1, 176, CB, Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central
Cornerback for head coach Steve Tutsie at Warren Central High School ... one of three Warren Central products in this class ... helped Warren Central become the first team in Indiana history to claim four consecutive state titles ... rated the 13th-best prospect in the state of Indiana by rivals.com ... an all-conference selection and honorable mention all-state as a senior ... member of a defense that surrendered only 124 points in 15 games (8.3 points) ... earned three letters in football ... also a track state champion and all-state selection.
Jeff Boyd, 6-2, 275, DL, Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central
Defensive lineman for head coach Steve Tutsie at Warren Central High School ... one of three Warren Central products in this class ... helped Warren Central become the first team in Indiana history to claim four consecutive state titles ... rated the sixth-best prospect in the state of Indiana by rivals.com and the seventh-best prospect by scout.com ... rated as the No. 40 defensive lineman nationally by scout.com ... named all-county, all-conference, all-state and All-America following the 2006 season ... runner-up for Mr. Football (among defensive linemen) in 2006 ... All-East (Marion County) selection as a senior ... a member of the Bloomington Herald-Times Top 33 Team ... set a school record with 18 tackles for loss to go along with 58 tackles, 39 solos, and nine sacks his senior campaign ... recorded 35 tackles and eight sacks as a junior ... collected three letters in football.
Kevin Burrus, 6-2, 295, DL, Indianapolis, Ind./Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
Defensive lineman for head coach Tom Allen at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis ... an all-state selection as a junior and senior ... recorded 82 tackles his senior season ... redshirted his lone season at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College ... twin brother of current Hoosier defensive lineman Keith ... enrolled at IU in January and will participate in spring drills.
Dane Conwell, 6-0, 220, LB, Upper St. Clair, Pa./Upper St. Clair
Linebacker and running back for head coach Jim Render at Upper St. Clair High School ... earned first team Class AAAA Associated Press all-state honors as a senior ... named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 team and was named first team all-conference by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ... rushed for 1,585 yards and 24 touchdowns to go along with five interceptions while leading team to state title ... selected as Class AAAA Player of the Year, named to the Harrisburg Patriot-News Platinum 33 Team and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 Team ... Prep Report All-American selection and Northeast Player of the Year honoree ... scored five touchdowns in the state championship game as Upper St. Clair wrapped up a perfect 16-0 season with a 47-13 win over Bethlehem ... rated the 35th-best strongside linebacker nationally by scout.com ... also a first team all-conference selection his junior season ... lettered three seasons in football and four in basketball.
Zach Davis-Walker, 5-8, 176, RB, Plantation, Fla./Plantation
Running back for head coach and father Steve Davis at Plantation High School ... joins high school teammate Jarrell Drane in Hoosier recruiting class ... rushed for 1,427 yards and 16 touchdowns in 14 games (due to Hurricane Wilma) as a junior and senior ... gained 1,027 yards with 14 touchdowns as a sophomore ... selected to play in the North/South and Dade vs. Broward All-Star Games ... All-Broward County honoree as a senior and sophomore ... offensive most valuable player as a senior and sophomore ... four-year letterwinner in football and two-year track letterwinner.
Max Dedmond, 6-5, 242, TE, Evansville, Ind./Evansville Central
Tight end and linebacker for head coach Mike Owen at Evansville Central High School ... heralded as the top tight end in the state of Indiana by scout.com and rivals.com ... the fifth-best overall prospect in the state by scout.com and the seventh best by rivals.com ... led team to the 2006 city and Southern Indiana Athletic Conference championships ... earned all-city, all-conference and first team all-state honors as a senior ... caught 41 passes for 510 yards and four scores ... finished his career as the school's all-time leading tackler with 285 total tackles and 86 assists ... totaled 81 stops, 16 assists, two fumble recoveries and one interception as Evansville Central finished the regular season 10-1 and ranked No. 1 ... a member of the Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Top 50 and the Bloomington Herald-Times Top 33 Team ... also garnered all-state honors as a junior ... earned three letters in football, four in track and one in basketball.
Jarrell Drane, 6-2, 178, S, Plantation, Fla./Plantation
Safety for head coach Steve Davis at Plantation High School ... joins high school teammate Zack Davis-Walker in Hoosier recruiting class ... only played in seven games as a junior (due to Hurricane Wilma) and finished the season with 85 tackles and one interception ... played in the final two games of his senior season (returning from injury) and led the team in tackles, forced three fumbles and recorded five pass breakups ... named to the Nike Dade/Broward All-Star Team ... a preseason first team All-Broward selection in 2006 and a Super 11 honorable mention ... Plantation's defensive and team captain ... also lettered in track ... father, Dwight, starred at the University of Oklahoma and played with the Buffalo Bills (1986-92), appearing in Super Bowls XXV and XXVI.
Mitchell Evans, 6-3, 190, QB/S, West Milton, Ohio/Milton Union
Quarterback and safety for head coach Bret Pearce at Milton Union High School ... as a junior and senior, earned first team Division IV All-State, all-district and All-SWBL honors ... named the District III-IV Offensive Player of the Year by the Dayton Daily News and the SWBL Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 ... a second team All-SWBL and honorable mention all-district honoree as a sophomore ... finished career with 4,748 passing yards and 2,014 rushing yards in 37 starts at quarterback ... threw for 1,525 and rushed for 1,446 yards as a senior on the heels of 1,990 passing yards with 20 touchdowns as a junior ... had 67 tackles and six interceptions in 2005 ... two-year captain set 48 Milton-Union records, including most rushing and passing yards ... earned four letters in football, basketball and baseball.
Matt Ernest, 6-2, 175, WR, Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point
Wide receiver for head coach Chip Pettit at Crown Point High School ... 2006 Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year finished the season with 56 receptions for 960 yards to go along with nine touchdowns and a 17.1 average per reception ... closed out his career with 121 catches, 2,345 yards, 17 touchdowns and 19.4 yards per catch ... a member of the Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Top 50, an all-conference selection and a first team all-area selection as a senior ... led team to an undefeated regular season, Duneland Conference Championship and a sectional title in 2006 ... also played safety, where he recorded 52 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass breakups in 2006 and 84 tackles, 10 interceptions and 14 pass breakups for his career ... ranked as the top wide receiver and the ninth-best prospect in the state of Indiana by scout.com and rivals.com ... collected three letters in football, four in baseball and two in basketball.
Josh Hager, 6-7, 260, OL, Florissant, Mo./McCluer North
Offensive lineman for head coach Jim Schottmueller at McCluer North High School ... first team all-state Coaches Poll and first team all-state Sports Writer Poll as a senior ... 2006 first team all-metro selection and first team Suburban North Conference honoree ... 10th-ranked senior in St. Louis and the area's second-best senior offensive lineman according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ... named a captain as a senior and helped lead team to an 11-1 overall record and a trip to the state semifinals ... second team Suburban North Conference in 2005 ... McCluer North finished second in state in 2005 (11-3) and 2004 (11-2) ... earned four varsity letters in football and four in track.
Chris Hagerup, 6-5, 205, P, Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay
Punter and quarterback for head coach Jim Tietjen at Whitefish Bay High School ... first team all-state selection with a 44.5-yard average during his senior season ... earned All-American honors ... played in the East Meets West All-Star Game in Orlando ... rated the seventh-best punter in the nation by scout.com ... recorded a career-best 76-yard punt ... earned all-conference honors at quarterback ... threw for 1,100 yards and ran for 450 yards ... collected 11 touchdowns through the air and five touchdowns on the ground ... earned three letters in football, one in track and one in baseball.
Darius Johnson, 6-0, 220, LB, Highland Park, Mich./Highland Park
Linebacker and running back for head coach Cedric Dortch at Highland Park High School ... a first team all-state, all-metro and all-conference selection as a senior and junior ... recorded 53 tackles and one interception to go along with 1,583 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns his senior season ... as a junior, collected 93 tackles and one interception with 2,143 rushing yards and 30 TDs ... collected all-conference honors after posting 80 tackles, 2,239 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns his sophomore campaign ... team netted division, district and regional championships after going 11-2 in 2006 and 12-1 in 2005 ... three-year letterwinner and two-time captain.
Fred Jones, 6-4, 242, DL, Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek
Defensive lineman for head coach Chip Walker at Sandy Creek High School ... first team all-county and all-area selection as a senior ... also named Fayette County Defensive Player of the Year ... closed out 2006 with 46 tackles, 39 solos, 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks and four pass breakups ... led Sandy Creek to a 35-10 four-year record, the school's best-ever four-year mark, including two region championships (2003 and 2004) and four straight trips to the state playoffs ... also participated in basketball and track.
Andrew McDonald, 6-5, 281, OL, Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central
Left offensive tackle for head coach Steve Tutsie at Warren Central High School ... one of three Warren Central products in this class ... helped Warren Central become the first team in Indiana history to claim four consecutive state titles ... a first team all-state selection in 2006 ... named to the 2006 Super Team and was an Academic All-Star ... rated the 10th-best prospect in the state of Indiana by rivals.com ... earned three letters in football and two in track.
Ian Reeves, 6-0, 220, LB, Ferndale, Mich./Ferndale
Linebacker and fullback for head coach Ryan Dunlap at Ferndale High School ... a four-year, two-way starter ... first team All-North selection by the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press as a senior ... named first team Class A All-State and earned a spot on the 2007 Michigan East All-Star Team following his senior campaign ... set the single-season Ferndale tackles record with 156 and the school's career tackles record with 401 ... selected as the 2006 team and defensive MVP ... earned four letters in football, four letters in wrestling and two letters in track.
Tyler Replogle, 6-2, 230, LB, Centerville, Ohio/Centerville
Linebacker for head coach Ron Ullery at Centerville High School ... recorded 133 tackles, 70 solos, 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a senior ... three-year starter closed career with 407 tackles, 210 solos and 65 tackles for loss ... Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) Defensive Player of the Year, second team AP all-state, first team all-area and first team All-GWOC in 2005 and 2006 ... all-district first team, team defensive MVP and a participant in the All-Ohio North/South All-Star Game ... rated the No. 22 middle linebacker nationally by scout.com ... captured the Sonny Unger Award (outstanding team player) ... team went 8-2 and won the GWOC in 2006, 10-2 and a district playoff finalist in 2005 and 11-1, GWOC champs and a district finalist in 2004 ... claimed three letters in football and two in basketball.
Teddy Schell, 6-5, 210, QB, Barrington, Ill./Barrington
Quarterback for head coach Joey Sanchez at Barrington High School ... top-rated quarterback in the state of Illinois by scout.com and rivals.com ... ended the 2006 season passing for 1,810 yards and 20 touchdowns ... led conference in passing yardage, completion percentage and touchdowns ... All-Mid-Suburban League, Daily Herald All-Area, Chicago Tribune All-State Special Mention and Illinois High School Coaches Association (IHSCA) 8A All-State Honorable Mention after his senior season ... holds school record for most passing yards in a 12-game season (1,810), most touchdown passes in a season (20), most first downs passing in a season (74), highest season completion percentage (67 percent) and led the highest scoring offense in school history ... IHSCA 8A Academic All-State selection ... lettered two years in football and three years in baseball.
Eric Thomas, 6-4, 250, DL, Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville
Defensive end for Ted Ginn at Glenville High School ... recorded 65 tackles, 34 solos, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one interception as a senior ... honorable mention All-Ohio as a senior ... Glenville finished 2006 10-2 and ranked No. 10 in the AP Poll, losing in the regional semifinals ... a three-year all-state selection, a 2007 Senate All-Star and a rivals.com "Hot 100" selection ... compiled 72 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior ... first team All-Ohio in 2005 ... selected to Ohio's North-South Classic ... ranked the No. 24 prospect in Ohio by rivals.com and the No. 61 defensive end nationally by rivals.com ... the 67th-ranked player in the state of Ohio by scout.com ... lettered three years in football and two years in basketball.
Dennis Zeigler, 6-7, 315, OL, Indianapolis, Ind./Pike
Offensive lineman for head coach Keith Wilkins at Pike High School ... a 2006 All-Star North first team selection ... first team all-conference and all-county as a senior ... secured a spot on the All-State Top 50 Team and earned a place on the Indianapolis Star's Super Team ... ranked the 10th-best prospect in the state of Indiana by scout.com and the 11th best by rivals.com ... also lettered in basketball.
2007 Indiana Football Signees
Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central
Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central
Indianapolis, Ind./Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
Upper St. Clair, Pa./Upper St. Clair
Evansville, Ind./Evansville Central
Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point
West Milton, Ohio/Milton Union
Florissant, Mo./McCluer North
Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay
Highland Park, Mich./Highland Park
Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek
Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central